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7 Days in DC - too long?

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7 Days in DC - too long?

My wife and I have just booked flights to Washington DC for the 1st week in August. We've never been to the city before. We were wondering if there'll be enough to amuse us for the full week, or whether we should take 2 or 3 days out to go to a coastal resort a few hours from the city.

Would be grateful for any opinions. Particularly any recommendations on which resort might be worth visiting.

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1. Re: 7 Days in DC - too long?

It is usually quite hot and humid in DC in August. Doing things outside is saps your energy quickly. So tourists don't get as much done as they expect. Seven days is longer than most people spend, but mostly because they can't manage such a long stay. I think there is plenty to amuse most adults for a week.

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Popular beach destinations for Washingtonians include Ocean City (Maryland), Virginia Beach (Virginia) and Rehoboth (Delaware). There are alternatives, you could stay in Lewes (Delaware), which has a very good WW II museum right underneath the beach where the military bunkers were to defend from potential Nazi invasion, then take the ferry to a charming town in New Jersey called Cape May. If you like gambling, you could venture a little farther north by tour to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Maybe four days in DC, three days touring our east coast.

I don't think our east coast is as charming or beautiful as other coastal areas you may have visited (I think of Amalfi or Hawaii for example) but having grown up with them, I love them. Ocean City, Maryland is where we go each summer, but it's not quiet or charming. It is fun and touristy.

I think there's more than enough to keep one busy in DC for a week, but my travel style is to hit cities for three days at a time and experience and learn as much as I can.

Back in DC, start with a DC Ducks tour, to get an overview of the city/history with a fun twist.

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Some of the Delaware beaches (close to Ocean City, MD) are quiet and charming- check out Rehobeth and Bethany.

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The downside to the beaches is that they require that you drive to them. Public transportation to the Atlantic shore is all but non-existent.

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Thanks for the advice.

Would Atlantic City be worth the journey? Google says it's a 3.5 hr journey?

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Atlantis city is fine if you want to gamble and drink. As a beach, there are much nicer places. But you can get public transportation to Atlantic City casinos.

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You can get subsidized, very inexpensive transportation to Atlantic City from DC and suburbs but you'll have to go when they say and return according to their schedule. You line up early in the morning at the bus pickup location and they return you home very late (early next am actually, after gambling all day/night - at least that's what the casinos are hoping). I did it once, I think the round trip was $35 and then they gave me a $25 voucher for one of the casinos, making the total cost $10. Generally these buses are filled with low-budget "regular" gamblers, judging from the conversations I struck up going and returning. I don't think I would ever do it again, but if you want a taste of the locals, caveat emptor!

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8. Re: 7 Days in DC - too long?

You really should think more about what you want to do--if you enjoy museums, three days in DC is NOT enough. If you are interested in American history at all, three days in DC is really not enough! I just planned a vacation for my family next week. We arrive on a Tuesday and leave on a Monday. Tuesday leaves us 1/2 day to do, but really nothing on Monday due to travel times. I have had a hard time getting everything in during those 5 -1/2 days!

The downside to Washington DC in August is it can be miserably, miserably hot. Just escaping the city even to one of the Civil War battlefields can drop the temperature/humidity misery index by quite a bit.

Again, think about how you enjoy spending time: beyond the museums, Capitol and other federal buildings in DC, nearby are Civil War battlefields, Mt. Vernon (George Washington's home) which is pleasant, pretty and has a nice museum. In the evening, the Kennedy Center will have something to please everyone--check out their offerings.

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